“Why did Amazon bypass Minneapolis as a finalist for its second headquarters? There is not enough technology talent here to meet the demand within the desired time frame,” writes Ami Sarnowski, Chief Innovation Officer at Genesis10, in the article, "Workforce Strategy is Key for Twin Cities CIOs Competing with Amazon for Talent," published recently in the Star Tribune, Minnesota’s largest newspaper.
Sarnowski cites a shortage of talent and an inability to scale the technology workforce as factors that knocked out not only Minneapolis but also other cities in the running to host Amazon’s second headquarters (HQ2). “This is a wake-up call for the entire state as well as companies that call Minnesota home.”
To make her point, Sarnowski uses results of a recent Genesis10 survey of IT executives at Fortune 1000 companies across the country that examined how they are responding to the tight labor market and observations of the local team in the company’s office in Minnesota as well as other sources.
Genesis10 is a professional technology services firm providing staffing, workforce optimization and domestic outsourcing services onsite, onshore or in a hybrid delivery model. Headquartered in New York City, Genesis10 has 19 offices and six delivery centers in the U.S., including the office in St. Paul.
Ami Sarnowski writes on workforce strategy issues nationally and specifically to local talent markets, with her articles appearing recently in Crain's Cleveland Business and the Des Moines Business Record. She is a regular contributor to the Genesis10 blog. Read her post, Robot or Mom? What Will the Future Hold with AI?